Thursday, October 16, 2014

Creamy Chicken Soup

I'm finally sitting down after a day at work and then coming home to make rolls and this soup. Totally worth it! This soup is full of yummy veggies and isn't difficult to make at all, especially if you use rotisserie chicken. The recipe was at The Cookie Rookie. I didn't use the white wine or turmeric.

 
 
Creamy Chicken Soup
 
Roux:
4 T. flour
2 T. olive oil
2 T, butter, unsalted
 
Soup:
2 T. butter, unsalted
2 T. olive oil
4 stalks carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
4 c. chicken stock or broth
3½ c. milk or cream or Half & Half
2 T. chicken base granules
1 t. fresh cracked pepper
1 T. dried parsley or 2 T fresh parsley
3 bay leaves
1½ t. Herbs of Provence
½ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
¼ t. garlic powder or 1 t. chopped garlic
3 c. rotisserie chicken - cubed or shredded and cooked
¼ c. white wine
Shredded gruyere cheese to sprinkle on top after spooning soup into bowls

 
Make the roux by heating the oil and butter in pot then sprinkling the flour on top. whisk together until fully absorbed and turns almost golden. take off the heat and set aside.
 
Chop the vegetables and set aside until ready to saute. In a Dutch oven, saute the vegetables in 2 T olive oil and 2 T butter until softened.
 
Add all other ingredients including the roux, stir well. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat to low and let simmer 20-30 minutes until the soup thickens to the desired consistency. Stir every 3-4 minutes. Do not leave the soup unattended.
 
If you need to thicken the soup a little, mix together some cornstarch with milk or water (per box instructions) then stir into the soup. Stir frequently since the soup is milk-based and can burn easily.
Before ready to serve, take out the bay leaves. Pour into bowls and sprinkle with shredded gruyere cheese.

Friday, October 10, 2014

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

I have been sad about not blogging for so long, but I don't know if I have any readers left anyway. Just in case I do, I'll give a quick update as to why I haven't been blogging. I graduated with a bachelor in biotechnology in April and enjoyed a bit of time off with my kids this summer before starting a job in a lab at the end of July.

I had the blessing of being a stay-at-home mom for quite a long time and it has been a huge adjustment for me to be a full-time working mom. I do not know how to make the time for everything and I don't deal with stress well.

On top of that, my son is leaving for a mission in Japan this week so we've been doing stuff to get him ready and try to spend time together before he's gone for 2 whole years. I'm so excited for him and I know he'll learn and grow so much while he's gone, but I will really miss him and our conversations and watching his concerts and marching band half-time shows and parades.

I do still cook and bake, but I don't try new recipes as often as I used to and even when I do, I don't have time to blog it. But I'm making time today as I watch Psych with my kids. We made this no-bake cookie recipe recently and while I admit that it won't replace my old regular peanut butter/chocolate no-bake cookies, it's a fun change and a nice new way to use pumpkin. I found this recipe at Reluctant Entertainer

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

2 c. sugar
3 T. butter
1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice
3/4 c. pumpkin
4 c. quick oatmeal, uncooked
1 c. chocolate chips
 
In a pot, mix the sugar, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the stove and add the pumpkin, salt, vanilla, and spice. Quickly add the oatmeal and mix. Add more or less for the consistency that you want. Toss in the chocolate chips and lightly mix.
 
Drop with small scoop onto parchment paper, on a cookie sheet. Cool the cookies in the refrigerator and let them set before eating.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Temple Education

 
I took my kids up to the LDS Church History Museum and Temple Square in Salt Lake City last week. A couple of different missionaries stopped us and told us things about the temple. I've been there many times before, but am no expert in the history. I learned some new things.
 
Did you know that there used to be lights on each of the spires on the Salt Lake City LDS temple and on a crown on the Angel Moroni? Someone had to climb up on the roof to replace them. In 1930 flood lights started to be used and the spire lights eventually weren't used any more and the crown was removed.
 
I thought I'd look it up online to find more information on that and found an article The Salt Lake Temple by Dean R. Zimmerman (New Era, June 1978) that talked about the lights and even more history. Like...did you know that there are two "record stones" that are like time capsules on the temple? One of them is the ball on which Moroni rests and it has several things inside.
 
"The ball or capstone on which Moroni rests is a second record stone. It contains music composed by C. J. Thomas entitled the “Capstone March”; the “Temple Anthem,” with words by C. L. Walker, music by Evan Stephens; a polished brass plate; as well as the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Voice of Warning, Spencer’s Letters, Key to Theology, a hymn book, a compendium, and some other works. Also sealed in this record stone are pictures or photographs of Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith and a photograph of the Salt Lake Temple as it then stood."
 
I'll let you read the article to find out where the other record stone is in the temple.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mushroom Turnovers

I have had this recipe so long that I don't even know where I originally found it. The crust is soft and rich and I love the thyme and mushroom combo in the filling. For my daughter's 16th birthday recently, she requested just these mushroom turnovers and a spinach salad. My kinda meal!



Mushroom Turnovers
Cream Cheese Pastry:
8 oz. cream cheese                                          
½ c. margarine
1 ½ c. flour

     Have cream cheese and margarine at room temperature.  Put into bowl and beat together well.  Mix in flour.  Shape into ball.  Chill at least 1 hour.

Filling:      

3 T. margarine                                                  
1 lg. onion, finely chopped                               
½ lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped                     
2 T. flour                                                          
1 t. salt
¼ t. pepper
¼ t. thyme
¼ c. sour cream
1 egg, beaten
 
            Preheat oven to 450º.  Combine margarine, onions, and mushrooms in frying pan.  Sauté about 10 minutes until tender.  Add flour, salt, pepper and thyme.  Stir together.  Add sour cream.   Stir until thickened.  Remove from heat.  Cool thoroughly.
            Roll pastry fairly thin. Cut into 3" rounds.  Place 1 t. filling in center of each circle.  Dampen outer half edge with beaten egg.  Fold over and press edges together with fork or fingers to seal. Arrange on greased baking sheet.  Cut tiny slits in top of each.  Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

           *2 (10-oz.) cans of mushrooms can be substituted for the fresh mushrooms.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Utah Local: Fotochic Photography


It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Utah Local post to share something great in Utah. This is Fotochic Photography, a photography studio in Orem. I know the owner and one of the photographers personally and they are awesome, professional, talented and full of spunk. They love delivering high quality photos for long-time memories at a great price.

You should like them on Facebook so you can always see their great deals. They even have online booking at their website. How great is that???? I don’t know about you, but I always think of things I need to do when I’m in bed and it’s too late to call and talk to a person.  

 
They are located at 1629 North State Street in the strip mall on the northwest corner of 1600 North and State Street. They have fun, unique backdrops in studio and will also do outdoor shoots  -- families, seniors, missionaries, engagements, babies, children… They do it all. And when you walk into the studio, you can't help but laugh at the unforgettable photo they have on the wall. I won't spoil it for you.

And right now they have an awesome deal for members of the military or first responders. July 1st – July 3rd all service members and first responders and their immediate family can have a FREE photo shoot. Please pass this info on so that many of those people who sacrifice so much for us can take advantage of this deal.